Toshiba FlashAir 8GB SDHC due February 2012
Toshiba has used IFA as the platform to announce its plans to introduce its first 8GB SDHC flash memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality. The card, which will be a direct competitor to the Eye-Fi Pro X2, will become available in February 2012. The FlashAir memory card allows users to wireless transfer photos, rather than requiring the card to be removed and connected to a computer.
Samsung to produce high-speed microSDHC cards
Samsung has announced production of its high-performance microSDHC cards with high-speed data transfer rates that support the performance requirements on fourth generation smartphones. The new microSDHC cards are manufactured on a 20-nanometer process and have a class 10 speed rating making them capable of supporting the transmission of full HD video in real-time.
Mobile X2 w. Direct Mode for smartphones, tablets
Eye-Fi, makers of Wi-Fi enabled SDHC memory cards such as the Pro X2, have announced their new Wi-Fi enabled memory card, the Mobile X2 for mobile device connectivity. The new 8GB card operates at Class 6 speed and can store up to 4000 photos or 3 hours of video with the added benefit of being able to transfer these directly to mobile devices in conjunction with Eye-Fiís new iPhone and iPad app or its new Android app.
SD 4.0 standard outlined, due early 2011
Following an announcement from Toshiba at IFA yesterday that it has developed SDHC memory cards based on the new UHS-1 standard, the SD Association today outlined its plans for its forthcoming SD 4.0 standard. The breakthrough means that SD 4.0 can support real-time HD video playback, whether from a media player or a camcorder. The new SD 4.0 standard is based on a dual-row pin memory design that achieves bus interface speeds of up to 300MBps, or nearly three times faster than UHS-1's 105MBps.
X2 series cards: Class 6 4GB, 8GB with WiFi
[Sponsored Post]: Eye-Fi's newest generation X2 line of Eye-Fi WiFi SD camera cards add more capabilities. The cards allow users to effortlessly take of the "chore" of uploading photos automatically to their computer or specific websites. Among the new cards is an Apple Store exclusive -- Geo X2. Also announced are the Connect X2, Explore X2, and Pro X2. All the Eye-Fi cards work to move images off a camera's SD card wirelessly, but then they each specialize from there. All offer wireless ranges of 90 feet outdoors and 45 feet indoors and are capable of security protocols like Static WEP 64 and 128, along with WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.
New storage card also allows faster file transfer
SanDisk announced that it has begun shipping its new 64GB Ultra SDXC card. The flash media can store approximately eight hours of typical HD video, and can transfer data at up to 15MB per second. Devices compatible with the new SDXC format have only recently been introduced, and include Canon's new VIXIA camcorders and PowerShot cameras. The extra capacity doubles that of the largest SDHC memory card.
SanDisk FlashBack Adapter
Memory maker SanDisk has announced the FlashBack Adapter, a new storage add-on for notebooks. The device plugs into a notebook's ExpressCard slot, and automatically backs up key files on a computer using special Windows software. A key difference with alternatives is that the FlashBack utilizes SD or SDHC cards, for a maximum storage capacity of 32GB. Neither cards nor the adapter protrude when inserted.
Panasonic 32GB SDHC card
Panasonic has announced the first 32GB SDHC card in its Pro High Speed series, currently consisting of memory ranging from 1 to 16GB. Though the company inaccurately claims to have the "world's first" 32GB Class 6 (6MB/s) card -- SanDisk having announced a new Ultra II in late January -- it is faster than most known to be in development, beating the Ultra II with a 20MB/s transfer rate versus 15MB/s.
SanDisk Ultra II SDHC/Plus
SanDisk is preparing the release of two new SDHC cards in its Ultra II line. The preeminent one is a 32GB model, representing the largest possible size for the SDHC format; this is still rarely seen in the commercial market. Unlike Toshiba's rival card however, the SanDisk card writes at a fast 15MBs, making it more suitable for HD camcorders and SLRs like the Nikon D80. It will ship in April for approximately $350, bundled with a MicroMate USB 2.0 reader.
Kingston 16GB SDHC card
Prolific memory maker Kingston has upgraded its line of SDHC memory cards, which now includes a 16GB model. The SD4/16GB is the largest SDHC option from the company, and should theoretically be able to hold over four hours of six-megapixel video, or some 5,080 JPEG photos captured at an eight-megapixel resolution. Unlike Kingston's other SDHC options however, the 16GB card is strictly available at Class 4 speeds (4MBs+), whereas the 4 and 8GB cards can also be had in Class 2 and Class 6 editions. Buying an SD4/16GB costs $231.